Hong Kong Shopping Tips by jlee008
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On any given map of Hong Kong, you will locate a small spot indicated as the Jade Market. As its name implies, it is a market that specializes in jade...well mostly jade!! There are some other things such as antiquities. Although most people wouldn't know true jade from fake jade, myself being one of those people. Enjoy walking around the market and pick out things that you like. There are several nice stalls there. I bought a jade pendant from a woman in one of the stalls. I of course had set out there for this very purpose!!
What to buy: Jade, jade, and more jade. If you want to save more money, just buy a jade budda, goddess, or round "tan" and have the one guy located on the left edge towards the middle of the main building put the gold fixtures on it (basically he straight down from the main entrance, you will see him with an anvil of sorts, pounding the soft gold together). He is very reasonable and he can do it in gold or silver for you.
What to pay: I would say don't part with an incredibly high amount of money. I talked the lady into giving me a round jade pendant that was housed in 18K gold for $35US. That was decent for me since I haven't seen any less than $90US at home!!
Address: At T of Jade Street and Kansu Street, Kowloon
Directions: Next to Yaumatei Police Station
BOY!!! Did I LOVE Mongkok Market!!! It is far better than Ladies Market because it is not so touristy. All the tourists hit the Ladies Market, but they miss out on sooooo many of the other markets around. I would say that I found the best deals here in Mongkok Market. They also have some clothing discount stores located along the back side of the market, however, some are a bit shady looking. Also the clothing shops do sell some designer clothing at lower prices, but I didn't find anything spectacular that I wouldn't find here in the US.
What to buy: Along the market, buy clothing. You can pick up Hong Kong factory made clothing for cheap. For example, I bought a J Crew suit top for $15HKD and a Banana Republic T-Shirt for $10HKD. Great deals considering their going prices here in the US!!! Sneakers are a great deal if they happen to have it is the style and size that you are looking for. Just look around and see what you can get. You can also get elastic bracelets that have jadeite or quartz type beads on them for cheap. Those vary in price though...just make sure you look around before you get those if that's what you are interested in.
What to pay: $5HKD to $100HKD depending on the item, however, BARGAIN...BARGAIN...BARGAIN!! Walk away if you don't get your price and 9/10 they will give in to you anyway!!
Address: Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok
Directions: MTR: Prince Edward
Theme: Discount Store
There are tons and tons of jewelry shops that line Nathan Road. Most of them are reputable and have many shops along the same street at different points. They are more expensive than what they would be for the Hong Kong person who lives there an knows private reputable store owners, but as good as it gets for the tourist that isn't all that jewelry saavy.
What to buy: All I have to say is that if you are REALLY serious about purchasing jewelry is that you shop the stores. Make certain that you pick out a few things so that you can comparison shop. Then BARGAIN!!! They will bargain with you. In fact, give them a price lower than what you are willing to pay...you never know what they might give you!! And besides that, even if they come back with a higher price, it may be the price you are willing to pay. All reputable dealers will give you a receipt or a bill of sale. It should indicate on it the description of the item and its metal content. Gold and platinum jewelry must also carry the appropriate stamps that indicate its metal content...look for 22K or 24K or 18K or 750 for gold (most gold is 18K or higher in Hong Kong). Look for 900 or 950 for platinum. Silver is marked with 925. Be careful and have fun shopping!!
What to pay: Price should be dependent on weight. All dealers should calculate out the price per gram for you. Go from dealer to dealer to see what the going rate is.
Address: Nathan Road
Directions: All up and down Nathan Road
This has got to be my most favorite store in Hong Kong. Call me strange, but I LOVE the grocery store. Being in the States, it is generally not so simple to just walk into any store and be able to buy food that is agreeable to the Chinese palate. This place is great for getting staples and fruit.
I visited in August and boy was it HOT!!! I drank lots and lots of water. And of course, being economical, I was drawn immediately to my local Park n Shop in Mongkok. They have many many locations throughout Hong Kong...some are large superstores and others are like quick stop shops. There are also ones in between. They are great if you want to grab snacks, water, and fruit. They typically have weekly specials on things that makes them even more economical!!
What to buy: Water, snacks, drinks and fruit!!!
What to pay: Depends on the items. Check out their website below to get more detailed information.
Directions: Goto website to get a listing of their stores and to find a store near you. Click under heading "About Parknshop" to find a list of stores.
Theme: Food and Drink
Although the street is called "Ladies Market," there is so much to buy here that isn't just for the ladies. There is a huge assortment of everything you can imagine.
The ladies clothing and accessories are definately abundant. You can find all kinds of things like shoes, cardigan sets, cashmere scarves, pashmina scarves, hair accessories, designer knock-off handbags, designer knock-off watches, etc. There is so much that you can buy.
In addition to the ladies' items, there is a wide variety of men's clothing, other shoes, stationary, Sanrio items, children's toys, souveniers, etc. You name it and you might just find it here.
There is, however, repetition of the goods offered...so take your time and evaluate carefully. You can bargain with the vendors and get them to lower the price. This is especially true if you are looking to buy in large quantities. They definately will bargain with you then!!
What to buy: I love to buy the sparkling hair accessories. Even if you have short hair, there are some really cute ones for you. They are a bargain considering you can pay up to 7-10 times more than the price in Hong Kong here in the United States. Also, the scarves are nice. Beware that some are not cashmere or pashmina and are being passed off as such. I would generally stay away from the ones that have the label glued on as opposed to being sewn on, that is a good sign that its not authentic. However, they do have some nice ones made of rayon if you aren't picky about the fabric.
What to pay: HK$9 - HK$15 for hair accessories
HK$40 for rayon scarves
HK$100 for cashmere or pashmina...but caveat emptor
Address: Ladies Market
Directions: Mong Kok
Theme: Women's Clothes
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